Single-mothers find it difficult to manage work with parenting a child alone, but they can still make money with part-time jobs.

7 Ways to earn as a single mother without a salaried job

Managing work with a baby is difficult for any woman, but being able to manage both single-handedly is a true test of grit and resilience. A vital part of parenting is being able to provide for your children financially, but working a full-time job can be tough when the mommy duties never end.

Here’s how single moms can hustle on the side with part-time jobs:


Whether you want to freelance as a copywriter or as a graphic designer, given the rising number of brands looking to outsource work today, you have fantastic chances of making a significant amount of money from the comfort of your home.

Related: A new mom's guide to earning an income without a full-time job

Virtual tutoring

Are you adept at math or accounting? If yes, then why not spend a few hours online to teach these subjects. You can either write about it on forums, such as Course Hero and Tutor or teach via Skype. Typically, virtual tutors can earn about $23 per hour or even more.


Hey, you’re already taking care of your kids. Why not just add to the bunch and earn money from it? Plus, your kids will have someone to play with. It’s like arranging a paid play date.

Dog training

Do you have a few hours in the day that you can spare? Maybe a friend or your mother can take care of the kids during the time you step out to train canines. Dog training is an extremely lucrative part-time career choice, and people are ready to pay good money for it.

Social media management

If you post every cutesy baby picture with the right hashtag and know what drives audience on social media, you may have found your calling. There are numerous brands and individuals looking for social media managers who constantly upload content and monitor their social media pages. If you have prior knowledge of working as a social media manager, it’d be easier for you to get gigs – both online and through referrals.

Related: Managing a child's financial expenses: A mother's perspective 

Home baking

Turn your passion into a paycheck as you de-stress with the therapeutic effects of baking and earn money from it. Whether it is the homemade taste or the ability to design eyeball-grabbing cupcakes, you can easily charge more than the local bakery if you provide a unique take on the products.

Mommy blogger

Going through the momzilla phase? Why not share it with other mommies out there, who will benefit from your experiences. Not only are you helping others by providing tips and tricks on how to handle kids, but you can also make money through affiliation and brand endorsements.

Single mothers are total boss ladies because they tackle the challenge of parenting single-handedly like a pro. The patience and resilience that single mothers display are the precise qualities which can help them find success with their part-time side jobs. Take a look at a mother’s guide to raising financially responsible children to understand how you can impart vital life-skills and lessons to them. Good luck!

How I did it

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